Friday, 22 June 2018

22 June 2018

Bolton School recently unveiled a new video which shows our all round education, ensuring that pupils are 'life-ready'. Click here or press the play button below to watch it in full:

Over the weekend of 7 and 8 July, the grounds of Bolton School will be transformed into a battlefield from the English Civil War for a spectacular free event, recreating "The Storming of Bolton". Cannons will fire, drums will sound, and swords will clash as costumed re-enactors from The Earl of Manchester's Regiment of Foote stage two exciting days of battles and fascinating 'living history'. This event is free and open to the public.

Watch a trailer for The Storming of Bolton here, or find out more about about the Earl of Manchester's Regiment here.

In September, the Girls' Division will host the prestigious Girls Go Gold Conference, an annual event organised in conjunction with the GSA, which is attended by sportswomen in Years 10 to 13. The day's keynote speakers are Sam Quek MBE, GB hockey Gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and 3000m and 5000m Olympic athlete Eilish McColgan. Themed around "Where Sport Can Take You", the Girls Go Gold Conference promises to be an inspirational and motivational event.

A Creative Arts Day in the Boys' Division and at Manchester Art Gallery celebrated the recent submission of the School's Case Study for Platinum Artsmark status. In school, boys enjoyed interactive sessions with Old Boys Hadley Stewart and Alex Greenhalgh and a workshop with screenwriter Jon Brackley. In the evening, pupils gave the inaugural performance of 'My Room, My Bolton', a play inspired by the 1930s Mass Observation Project, as part of the School's 'gallery takeover'.

A team from the Girls' Division won first place in this year's Royal Society of Chemistry Manchester and District Chemquiz. The four pupils will now go on to represent the region at the national Top of the Bench competition next year.

Earlier this month, four Girls' Division pupils in Year 8 also achieved second place in the University Challenge at the recent Salters’ Festival at Manchester University, creating an almost perfect one minute stop-clock using the reaction between sodium thiosulfate and hydrochloric acid.

Girls in Year 6 and Year 8 discovered more about life in the RAF when an interactive roadshow visited the Girls' Division. The demonstrators used gaming, video clips, Virutal Reality and a fun flight simulator to help pupils to understand the training and career paths available.

Pupils read their work aloud at the Girls' Division Poetry Festival, which also featured readings from Simon Armitage. Enjoy pupils' readings again with this series of videos:
The Concert Band recently visited Brownlow Fold Primary School, where they put on a performance for the pupils. This was the first of several community music primary school visits taking place before the summer holidays.

In sport, Olivia Maguire has placed ninth nationally in the Junior Girls' Javelin Competition at the English Schools' Athletics Association Finals in Birmingham, where she represented Greater Manchester. Hollie Asquith has been named Espoir (Ages 12-13) British Solo Dance Champion 2018 after a tournament held in May. The Federation of Artistic Roller Skating (FARS) announced that she has also been selected to represent GB at the European Cup later this year. Anna Phillips has been selected to play in a tournament in San Sebastian in early July with the Manchester City Development Squad.

The final of the Parents' Association Future Entrepreneurs (PAFE) competition took place with four teams pitching their ideas to a panel of judges. Each team had created a product to help Year 6 pupils to transition to secondary school, with a focus on mental health and improving resilience. They impressed the judges with their flair, creativity and presentation skills.

Former Bolton School pupils were invited to come along to an Alumni Networking Event focused on The Future of the Creative Arts in a Digital Age. The 'takeover' of Manchester Art Gallery featured as its highlight Old Boys Mark Radcliffe (Class of 1976) and Tony Wadsworth (Class of 1974) "in conversation" with fellow Old Boy Adam Woolley (Class of 2013). There were also creative performances and exhibitions from current pupils.

Watch their discussion here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

The Friends of Bolton School Choir hosted an evening concert in the Arts Centre to raise funds for Speakeasy, a Bury-based charity specialising in helping people with aphasia. They performed hits from the musicals and shared the stage with current pupils and alumni. They raised £600 in total for the charity.

Finally, Bolton School Services Ltd turned 25 years old this month! BSSL currently employs 166 personnel and through an eclectic range of businesses using school buildings and facilities has put £5m into our bursary pot.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

25 May 2018

The last week of term proved to be a busy one! On the very last day, despite the rain, Junior Boys attracted a large crowd of well-wishers, including the Bolton News, onto the Levels as they set off on their annual fun for charity.

Y8 and Y6 girls enjoyed a flying visit from the RAF Roadshow and visiting author Sufiya Ahmed, who wrote Secrets of the Henna Girl, told girls that if they have a passion, they should never give up.

Earlier in the week, future female entrepreneurs in Year 9 were encouraged to pitch their ideas in a Girls' Division Parents' Association event whilst boys and girls in Year 6 were also encouraged to consider their future in a Careers Carousel.

Both the Boys' Division and Girls' Division were commended for their GCSE results by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, whilst the review was in of Boys' Lower School interpretation of Alan Ayckbourn's Ernie's Incredible Illucinations.

Y8 girls, as part of their post-exam activities, also learnt about a range of career options as visiting professionals, including former pupils, talked about their working lives. And voting hotted up in the Bolton Children's Fiction Award as a little friendly competition between the Girls' Division and the Boys' Division took place. The write-up and video of the Audience with Ken Heathcote, a GD Parents' Association event, was also posted.

There was also sporting success to reflect on when current students and alumni helped the GB Water Polo team (U19s) qualify for the Euro Championships and there was individual success for Y5 girl Dinburgh who became the U11 N-W Gymnastics Champion and was called up to the national squad.

Finally, the Sixth Form boys performed one final good deed before leaving on study leave when a fancy dress fun run sought to raise funds for Wipe Your Tears.

Friday, 18 May 2018

18 May 2018

The week ended with celebrations in honour of the Royal Wedding. The Nursery, Nursery Class, Infants and Junior Girls all embraced the party atmosphere with picnic lunches and dressing up.

Two showstopper cakes in the Girls' Division Bake Off final were also inspired by the Royal Wedding. The six finalists pulled out all the stops to create delicious and creative bakes, and the judges' job of choosing Year 7 and Year 8-9 winners was harder than ever before.

View a gallery of photos from all rounds of the Bake Off here.

The annual Football Festivals for Years 3-4 and Years 5-6 took place on the Bolton School pitches, with teams from more than 50 local schools taking part across two days. Both the Festivals enjoyed good sportsmanship from the players.

Girls' Division pupils studying history at GCSE and A Level had a special visit from an English Civil War musketeer. 'Obadiah Watt' came from the year 1649, the middle of the Civil War, and answered all of the girls' questions about the period - sometimes with surprising answers.

The Junior Boys took a trip to Liverpool to see the world-famous Terracotta Warriors at World Museum and learn more about China's first Emperor. The boys discovered more about burial rituals, found out about Chinese dynasties and saw several objects which have never visited the UK before.

Friday, 11 May 2018

11 May 2018

The Boys' Division U18 water polo team won the School's thirteenth consecutive title after winning the national finals of the English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) competition. The School has dominated in all three age groups for the past four years.

The May Serenade was a wonderful celebration of the musical talents in the Girls' Division. The evening offered a varied programme featuring Girls' Division and Joint ensembles, soloists and choirs. Awards from the annual Music Festival were presented and a new tradition began, with the previous year's winners passing down the trophies to their successors. In addition, there was a breathtaking display of GCSE and A Level coursework from Art and Technology subjects.

Click the following links to watch a selection of musical pieces from the May Serenade:

Pupils in the Boys' Division learned more about the founders and benefactors of Bolton School in a special assembly to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Lord Leverhulme, who jointly re-endowed both Divisions in 1915 to create the Foundation that exists today. However, this year's assembly focused on two more modern additions to the School: the Tillotson Pavilion and the Chemistry Block. Both were built sixty years ago in 1958.

A member of staff from BSS Leisure has recently completed a Premier League Cycle Challenge, visiting twenty clubs in nine days - and covering 840 miles by bicycle! Mr Pete Lambert started in Newcastle and finished his epic journey in Watford. He was raising money for READY, a disability sport charity offering specialist equipment and sporting opportunities for young people under the age of 21, and has already collected over £2,000. Donate here via JustGiving.

Eight musicians from Bolton School performed at Bolton Parish Church as part of the church's lunchtime concert series. Pupils' varied musical efforts were much appreciated by the audience.

Bolton School has released a new video showing how pupils leave with an all round education. Watch it on the School website here or click the play button below:

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

4 May 2018

The Girls' Division hosted a Poetry Festival featuring poet Simon Armitage this week. The event included pupils from all year groups reading their own creative work, which had been written throughout the year, followed by an inspirational address from Simon himself. In addition, he read a wide selection of his own work and offered commentary on the background to each piece. The floor was then opened to questions, which he answered candidly.

The cups and colours assembly in the Boys' Division recognised pupils' successes, often on a regional and national stage. Almost 60 boys received awards as part of this celebration. In addition to full and half colour for traditional sports and the Arts, there were also colours for Outdoor Pursuits for the first time. Dominic Hardy received a new trophy, the Trevor Pledger Award for Volunteering in Sport.

A group of Girls' Division pupils in the Physics and Astronomy clubs visited Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry to take a closer look at astronaut Tim Peake's Soyuz descent module, which returned him to Earth in 2016. They also saw the Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit he wore as he travelled into space as well as various other exhibits.

Sixth Form Boys received an insight into the Cowgill Holloway apprenticeship scheme recently from Cowgills partner Lisa Wilson and Old Boy Adam Flynn, who went on to the apprenticeship after finishing his A Levels in 2016. They were able to give students tips on the application and interview process and Adam could talk about the skills he found useful and what the apprenticeship is really like.

Boys' Division pupils in Year 10 were put through their paces on an Army Leadership morning. The Army North West Outreach Team offered a carousel of challenging activities designed to improve boys' teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills as well as their resilience. They enjoyed thinking on their feet and working together to complete the tasks set.

Pupils from both Division were involved in the Royal Northern College of Music's Wind, Brass and Percussion Festival. Members of Bolton School's Senior Concert Band became part of a massed wind band for rehearsals and a performance on Sunday 22nd April. They also enjoyed a performance from the RNCM's Wind Orchestra.

Friday, 27 April 2018

27 April 2018

Year 9 pupil Manahil Masood was announced as the overall winner of the Show Racism the Red Card School Competition. Her emotive piece of artwork was picked as the best entry across eight different categories, which included thousands of pieces of art, creative writing and multi-media from primary and secondary schools across the country.

The School celebrated the achievements of all pupils who have earned Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards this year in a special joint ceremony. As well as hearing about pupils' experiences of the different sections required to complete the Awards, there was an address from the event's guest speaker, Old Boy Charlie Boscoe. Charlie shared five of his adventures and the lessons learned from them as well as advising pupils on how to live an adventurous life.

Nine Girls' Division pupils have been invited to join the Regional Academy Lacrosse Programme following trials. Five girls in Year 8 and three in Year 9 were successful in their trials.

Girls' Divisoon pupils from all year groups enjoyed a fascinating talk on medical imaging from Dr Lewis-Palmar. As Head of Screening Quality Assurance (North), she was able to explain why we have screening programmes, how doctors decide what to screen for and how people are screened, and how screening is different from other forms of healthcare.

A student in Year 13 and two Old Boys have been named as members of the Great Britain Under 19 Men's team for the upcoming qualifiers of the LEN European U19 Men’s Water Polo Tournament. Sixth Form student Harrison Barker-Smith joins former pupils Bill Moores and Ben Ray, who both left the School last summer after their A Levels.

The Junior Girls recently took part in the Bolton Schools' Cross Country Championships, where both the Year 3/4 team and the Year 5/6 team performed well and finished in first place! There was "double" good news for the Years 5/6 team who also won the Bolton Schools' Cross Country League.

Girls in Years 5 and 6 also did well in the Association of Junior Independent Schools (AJIS) Biathlon competition held at Rossall School. Two girls on the team achieved individual podium positions, with Pip Nuttall taking first place, and the girls as a whole did well enough to achieve first place for Bolton School in the team competition.

Two Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) who teach at Bolton School will soon be jetting off to Chicago for the Apple Distinguished Schools (ADS) Global Innovation Summit. Mr Ford, Boys' Division Deputy Headteacher, and Mrs Whittaker, Junior School Teacher, are among a select group of UK teachers invited to the event. They will present a workshop on how they use coding in the Junior and Senior Schools during their time at the summit.

Friday, 20 April 2018

20 April 2018

Dr Suzie Imber gave the last talk in this year's series of Science Enrichment Evenings held by the Girls' Division. The winner of BBC 2's Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? reality TV programme, a passionate high-altitude mountaineer and "explorer", and an inspiring physicist studying 'space weather', Dr Imber talked about all aspects of her life so far. It was particularly interesting to hear how her positive approach to failure and her teamwork and communication skills helped her in Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

There is one further Arts Enrichment Evening to be held on 2 May: a Poetry Festival featuring Simon Armitage and Girls' Division poets from all age groups.

The talk from Dr Imber coincided with a Festival of Science which was hosted at Bolton School throughout the day. Over 800 pupils from Bolton School and local primary and secondary schools took part in physics activities. There was an exciting presentation on finding the Higgs particle from Sam Gregson, and the Polestar Planetarium was set up in the Great Hall to allow pupils to experience space and the night sky as never before.

Two Sixth Form students studying French at A Level have taken part in the National Final of a French-language debating competition. Caroline and Maya performed well in the national round of the competition, and were also interviewed in French for the Francophonie UK Facebook page on the day.

The Junior Boys' School raised over £250 for the NSPCC with a collection at the end of their Spring Concert. The NSPCC recently visited Park Road to tell pupils about their "Speak Out, Stay Safe" campaign, and the money raised will go towards funding this campaign further.

Boys' Division pupils in Manchester House have been collecting items of clothing during a recycling themed week to donate to Bolton Hospice. These will be passed on to Bolton Hospice's charity shops to be sold, raising additional funds.

The Boys' Division Cricket Team kits are now being sponsored by Cowgill Holloway. The Bolton-based accountants and business advisors has sponsored the Cricket kits for all age groups, including the T20 kit.

Year 10 pupil Shreya represented Lancashire in the Under 18 Badminton Inter County Tournament. She was one of ten players selected to play for Lancashire. 32 counties were involved and Shreya played against representatives from 9 of these, winning 10 matches for her team.

Another Year 10 pupil Anna recently helped the Manchester City Academy girls' team to win the U16 FA Cup Final! The match, which was against Reading, was a fantastic experience for Anna.

Bolton School pupils who attend coaching sessions at the Manchester Real Tennis and Racquets Club in Salford received a Royal visit. The Earl of Wessex visited the club during a mini-tournament and handed out commemorative medals, which four boys and three girls who attend Bolton School received.

Year 5 pupil Corbyn had the opportunity over the Easter holidays to play in a European knockout tournament in Tuscany, Italy with Manchester United. He was the youngest player in a mixed Year 5 and 6 team, and played in four successful matches against European teams before the Manchester United side was knocked out in the semi-finals.

The Junior Girls' Year 4 and 5 Swimming Team returned from the Greater Manchester School Games with a bronze medal, adding to Bolton's successful medal haul from the competition. The Bolton School team were one of five Bolton teams to come away with medals.

The Boys' and Girls' Division Parents' Associations are moving with the times and coming up with new, creative ideas to collaborate with the school, engage parents and ultimately benefit pupils' development. The Boys' Division Parents' Association arranges 'Teenage Journey' talks throughout the year to help parents to navigate their sons' development. The Girls' Division Parents' Association also holds instructional events, and last year launched the Parents' Association Future Entrepreneurs event for Year 9 girls. This is in addition to fundraising to benefit all areas of school life, supporting School events and much more.

On 16 May, the Girls' Division Parents' Association has arranged An Audience with Ken Heathcote, a well-known fitness guru who is known as 'The Father of Fitness'. He will be interviewed on the night by journalist Angela Kelly. Ken has written several books, the latest being We’re Going To Live Forever, which will also be the focus of the discussion. Tickets are £5.